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Old 19 Jun 2017, 17:00 (Ref:3745245)   #31
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We got stopped going to the meet and Mike's bottle had to be returned to the camp.
For the first time, the day before the meeting, I filled a plastic bottle with the rosť. It was the right idea finally.
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Old 20 Jun 2017, 18:16 (Ref:3745549)   #32
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Security was very tight getting in to Garage Vert, bloke as me to open the boot, pointed to a large bag, asked if that was my tent. When I said yes he said OK, carry on :-)
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Old 20 Jun 2017, 18:40 (Ref:3745562)   #33
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Still plenty of glass bottles in the grandstands. Constant checks on entry (via car) and exits (via foot) of the campsites. But it's all pretty superficial really and they never looked too hard. All in all it didn't impact me at all and I wouldn't say it was any different to the last few years.

The airport-style rucksack and full body scan at the ferry terminal was a new one though.
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Old 21 Jun 2017, 13:21 (Ref:3745757)   #34
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We got stopped going to the meet and Mike's bottle had to be returned to the camp.
next year you can use our tunnel under the fence....
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Old 21 Jun 2017, 14:06 (Ref:3745776)   #35
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One of our group was made to finish drinking the can of beer he was carrying at the checkpoint between Houx and the circuit proper.

No searches getting into the Epinettes campsite that I saw, but they would randomly ask to see your ticket when walking back into the site in the evening.
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Old 21 Jun 2017, 18:51 (Ref:3745836)   #36
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The airport-style rucksack and full body scan at the ferry terminal was a new one though.
interested to hear more about that - which port and what was the thing?
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Old 22 Jun 2017, 13:20 (Ref:3746020)   #37
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Searches were cursory on entrance to the circuit. The first day we were there (Tuesday) we were frisked and bags checked. After that, only a brief look in bags each time. AllonFS was quizzed about his can of 'Red Bull' substitute, but I believe that was only on account of his poor taste.......
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interested to hear more about that - which port and what was the thing?
It was going out of Portsmouth on Tuesday morning. We just pulled in as normal under the big search hangar. And then there was a side office which had a mini bag scanner. Same as you get at some smaller airports I'd say. Then we took out phone, keys etc and handed them to the guy. And walked through a body scanner.

Didn't really take too much extra time and had the feel of a random check. The security guy knew we were going to Le Mans and was cheerful throughout.
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Absolutely zero checks getting into and out of Blue Nord and no checks at all getting into the circuit/ grandstand.
The only additions for us this year was a perimeter fence around the Blue Nord camping and a "security guard" (well he had the t-shirt on anyway!) wandering around the grandstand.
I had hoped there would have been more.
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Absolutely zero checks getting into and out of Blue Nord and no checks at all getting into the circuit/ grandstand.
The only additions for us this year was a perimeter fence around the Blue Nord camping and a "security guard" (well he had the t-shirt on anyway!) wandering around the grandstand.
I had hoped there would have been more.
There's a LOT more, it just isn't visible. There's a lot of plain clothes officers at these events, they just normally don't stand out. But if you watch the Manchester fund raising gig, there's really not many uniformed officers visible, but there's some rather old gentleman standing with serious faces in, in a crowd of screaming children. They stood out a bit

There will have been people who looked exactly like fans milling about at campsite entrances that wouldn't stand out, stuff like that. I didn't understand the scale of these things until I started my current job, and there's a lot of ex police and military working here.
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Slightly imbalanced security... at the entrance I normally use (by the tram stop at Antares/MM Arena) through the test no bag searches, Tues, Weds, bag searches (Tues wanted to check every pocket, Weds wanted to check bigger pocket - saw a large black metallic object - ok it had a fujifilm logo on it, and lots of wires and waved me through) Thurs & Sat no bag check at all. Notably there were no checks of cars entering via main entrance or technoparc tunnels at all. BUT! the big equipment and tour bus used by one TV company I work with had to be thoroughly searched at the football stadium before it could enter the TV compound (though err it was free to leave after the search and before entering the compound)...

During the race I saw tweets of heavy security in the village - did anyone see that?
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During the race I saw tweets of heavy security in the village - did anyone see that?
Bag searches no, but looked to me like plenty of security people and armed police/soldiers around the place throughout the weekend.
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Certainly the security presence was significantly greater than I've ever seen before.
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Two soldiers with guns on them were patrolling around our meetup place on Saturday for most of the meetup.
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Certainly the security presence was significantly greater than I've ever seen before.
I agree with that - but my rucksack bag was not searched/ ask to be opened once. At the entrances by BN we were simply bleeped in and out without question/ review.
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